Chattanooga pizza delivery driver robbed, beaten; one of three suspects in custody

19-year-old Terrick Thorne faces aggravated robbery charges after police say he robbed and beat a pizza delivery driver. (Images: Hamilton Co. Jail / MGN)

Chattanooga Police say one suspect is in custody after a pizza delivery driver was beaten and robbed.

Investigators are still looking for two more suspects.

An affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9 says the incident happened shortly after 10:30 p.m. on April 28th outside a home at 417 West 40th Street.

The affidavit says the victim was delivering a pizza from Domino's to the residence and had just gotten out of his car and opened the front door, when three men attacked him.

One of the men demanded money, and beat the driver over the head with a pistol, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit says the two other men joined in, and beat the driver while he was on the ground. The robbers managed to take $15 from the driver and two pizzas. The affidavit says they also tried to steal his car, but were unsuccessful.

The driver ended up with minor cuts and a wound on his forehead.

We spoke with UTC student Alex Graves about the robbery.

He delivers food for a downtown company.

"Being flexible with school is the main thing I really like with this job," Graves said.

Thankfully he's never been robbed while working, but he never takes his surroundings for granted.

"You don't really know when stuff like that is going to happen, but like I said just be vigilant and make sure you've got some distance in between you and the door and stuff like that," Graves said.

We also spoke with Chattanooga Police Sgt. Kendon Massengale about what happened to the Domino's delivery driver.

"Usually the target is going to be to get the cash, so they will bring them to an address that may be a vacant house," Massengale said. "They'll lure a delivery driver knowing they're going to have cash on them or the food."

As the driver was walking up to deliver pizzas, Massengale says three men attacked him.

"One displayed a pistol, hit him in the head with a pistol, took the pizza and the cash and fled the scene."

With the amount of delivery options in our area growing, Massengale says it's a good idea for drivers to turn around if they don't feel safe.

"If it feels weird, looks weird, we encourage them to keep going."

The driver described the suspects to the police, who returned to the address and arrested 19-year-old Terrick Thorne, after the driver identified him in a photo lineup as the man who beat him with a pistol.

Thorne faces aggravated robbery charges. Police are still looking for the other two suspects.

This is a developing story. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

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